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Guinea Hen

ca. 1929 Bessie Stough Callender Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951 limestone 17 x 8 7/8 x 11 1/4 in. (43.2 x 22.5 x 28.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Harold Callender 1960.8.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W330


Luce Center Quote

"Her love of animals and her knowledge of sculpture enabled her to carve the beautiful pieces of marble and granite." Georges Hilbert, quoted in Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953

Luce Center Label

Bessie Stough Callender found herself with time on her hands while living in Paris, where her husband, Harold, was chief correspondent for the New York Times. She decided to start sculpting animals and in 1929 completed her first stone sculpture, Guinea Hen, which she carved "chiefly for practice in rounded forms." This particular guinea hen posed patiently for many weeks until she was eaten by the French bulldog that guarded the studio at night. (Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953)

Keywords

Animal - bird - guinea fowl

sculpture

stone - limestone

About Bessie Stough Callender

Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951

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